What Do JNC Youth Workers Conceive of as ‘Professional Maturity’ in Youth Work Practice

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Williams, S. and Richardson, R. 2024. What Do JNC Youth Workers Conceive of as ‘Professional Maturity’ in Youth Work Practice. Journal of Applied Youth Studies. pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s43151-024-00114-5
AuthorsWilliams, S. and Richardson, R.
Abstract

This research set out to take a snapshot of what JNC practitioners in youth and community work defined as ‘Professional Maturity’ and to explore if this notion impacted on practice. To achieve this, the researchers worked with the Institute for youth work, to garner responses from practitioners in the youth work sector via an online questionnaire and an online semi-structured interview. In the inductive phenomenological approach taken to data analysis, some surprising patterns emerged that will require further exploration. The result of these findings has generated an ‘in the moment’ snapshot of ‘Professional Maturity’ for youth work in the shape of a model for practice that will still require critical examination. The data generated and the subsequent analysis highlights six themes: Qualification, Professional Transference, Attributes, Values, Beyond Self, and Chameleon. The key finding of this research has shown that Professional Maturity is an ever-evolving aspect of a youth workers journey rather than a final destination. However, research respondents did appear to have different expectations on what Professional Maturity should look like and how it affects individuals practice across the field.

KeywordsProfessional; Maturity ; Youth work; Transference ; Experience ·; Qualifications ·; Skills ·; Interprofessional
Year2024
JournalJournal of Applied Youth Studies
Journal citationpp. 1-20
PublisherSpringer
ISSN 2204-9207
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s43151-024-00114-5
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s43151-024-00114-5?utm_source=rct_congratemailt&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=oa_20240201&utm_content=10.1007/s43151-024-00114-5
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